BATHURST police are urging residents to comply with ongoing COVID restrictions even after a raft of measures are eased next week.
Bathurst is set to emerge from lockdown on Monday, October 11 and fully vaccinated locals will be afforded a new freedoms.
But restrictions won't be lifted completely and Chifley Police District commander Superintendent Bob Noble said local officers would be doing their best to keep enforcing the rules.
"We reflect the community in that we are happy to hear things will be easing and people will be allowed to go about their more general day-to-day lives in an easier way but obviously that transition brings with it some risks," Supt Noble said.
"Whilst we'll be optimistic about the future and in our own way excited about lockdown easing, we will obviously be looking very closely at how we can make the transition a safe one with as least an impact on people's health as possible.
"There will still be certain elements of the health order in place and we'll be continuing to enforce those."
Businesses will being operating again on Monday with numbers restricted to one person per four square metres inside a premises and one person per two square metres outside.
Masks must continue to be worn inside and customers are still required to QR code in and out of venues.
Locals will also be allowed 10 guests in their home provided all people are fully vaccinated.
"I know a lot of people aren't thrilled about having to provide certification of vaccination and I understand that, and I think most police understand that, but in the interest of keeping everyone safe ... I think most of us would accept it's reasonable and the police will take that view as well," Supt Noble said.
"It's going to be a balancing act ... but hopefully that extra work will see a more durable and sustainable easing of lockdown so people can get back to some sort of normality."
Supt Noble expects confusion will be the main challenge as Bathurst begins to emerge from lockdown, as this has already proved to be an issue throughout COVID.
He encourages everyone to remain well-informed on the health orders and be patient and kind.
"There's a very large onus on business operators to enforce those orders ... please be patient," Supt Noble said.
"The business owners didn't start the pandemic, they're trying to make an honest quid, just be patient and be good to one another."
A detailed description of freedoms for fully vaccinated people can be found on the NSW Government website under the Roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions section.
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